Monday, May 19, 2008

St Michael, Orchard Portman, Somerset

The church is sadly rendered outside, the north porch has been turned into a baptistry and hence the rather fine doorway is inside the church. Not sure where Pevsner was describing - it sounds like here but the details are muddled with somewhere else. The former south aisle (shown in old prints) was removed after 1832. The present transeptal chapel, possibly a family pew was built in 1910 but the arch to the nave is of this time and in no way resembles anything Norman. The helms mentioned have been loaned to Taunton Museum.

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